Niki Werkheiser

Program Executive
Game Changing Development Program
Space Technology Mission Directorate


Niki Werkheiser brings a wealth of expertise and a proven approach to managing complex projects across NASA Centers, industry partners, and academia. Ms. Werkheiser has built and managed the Agency’s In-Space Manufacturing (ISM) efforts, including the development and implementation of novel, on-demand manufacturing, repair, and recycling capabilities on the International Space Station (ISS). Ms. Werkheiser spent the majority of her career in NASA’s Space Shuttle and ISS Payload Offices where she designed, developed, integrated, and operated multiple NASA payloads. Ms. Werkheiser’s academic background includes a M.S. from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with an emphasis in Gravitational and Space Biology, as well as a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Russian Studies.